BioMarin Pharmaceutical

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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
52 Reviews
3.9
52 Reviews
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical CEO and Director J.J. Bienaimé
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Although everyone is super busy there is work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, average pay, stock options, ESPP, and mostly friendly people at individual contributor level (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is not as great, people are over-worked and that brings an expectation to eat lunch at your desk, work late and work at home (in 4 reviews)

  • Many interns ended up being the sons/daughters of senior management (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great salary, benefits, smart people, lots of free food, great to feel part of company helping rate disease patients

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Novato, CA

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Love my colleagues, great salary benefits, stock doing great, great to be part of helping patients suffering from horrific diseases, paid holiday shut down, ESPp, bonus pay is high.

    Cons

    Long hours, unsophisticated management, inefficient, little span of control

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give all employees equity again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    I like what I do here. A lot to learn but exciting

    Cons

    People work hard here, so your hours can be longer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize the winter holidays.

  3.  

    I'm very happy with the work that I am doing it BioMarin

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Has more room to grow in the company
    Has good leadership team in place

    Cons

    Workplace is too far from where I live
    Too Much work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need option to do telecommute

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Regulatory Affairs Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical as a contractor

    Pros

    The company is focused on orphan diseases. Working in the space, your job makes a big difference in the lives of patients. However, there are very few people with these rare diseases.

    Cons

    I am too new to the company at this point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too new to know.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Lost the small company feel/ Needs to get real

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Novato, CA

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, Good benefits, pay and bonuses depends on politics. Stocks are great way to compensate the boss who's a jerk. Campus is pretty near a swamp. The EH&S dept is in place but mostly window dressing for their insurance provider

    Cons

    when I can there I loved it. Slowly I was introduced to reverse sexisim and age discrimination. Lots of Political correctness to the point of the inability to function on a pragmatic level. If your from Cal or Stanford you'll have lots of buddies more emphasis who and where you went to school vs what you can do. Mid level mangers are obsequies sycophants who rarely stand up for the workers. Lots of political games.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the walk not just talk. Stop the cronyism from the Genetech Mafia. EH&S should be more responsive Safety and environmental issues vs how to limit company liability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Experience at BioMarin (review at 6 month mark)

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Assistant in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Assistant in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly place.
    I think the opportunities for personal growth is BioMarin's strong point. The company is small enough and there is a need for assistance everywhere, that you can offer you assistance and learn new tasks. This helps you explore different positions in the department and company.
    Office Culture is great. The group of people that I work with are friendly and helpful. This is a huge bonus to my position, but this is just my team.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not as great, people are over-worked and that brings an expectation to eat lunch at your desk, work late and work at home. At our recent company off-site our VP did address this and the company does seem to be trying to move away from this.
     Compensation is generally lower than the industry standard for the area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From my personal experience, might direct manager could use some training on how to critique. In general she is quick to save negative aspects without consideration on delivery. Then later she might give positive feedback but it usually feels forced. This is a trait that is hard to master and it would be great to train all those with management positions get a training.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good pharmaceutical experience in orphan drugs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Staff is very competent and pleasant to work with

    Cons

    Did not have any issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall Positive Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Some of the positives are the opportunity to see successful drugs come to market and have a positive impact on patients, free food on Fridays, remote work opportunities, positive stock performance. Overall a pretty good work life balance as well.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges are lack of promotion and mentoring for employees, high employee turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to management would be to focus on employee retention as there is a very high turnover rate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Satisfied!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Novato, CA

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Pretty relaxed environment in terms of approachablity to management, lots of fun people and some opportunities to cross train is a plus! The events they throw are pretty fun and you definitely meet people from all areas of the company, so it is a good way to network. The job itself is quite repetitive so that can either be a pro or a con.

    Cons

    Some areas do not allow room for deveopment and some are in need of more staff, so you can be stretched pretty thin if there are not enough people on your shift.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice to work there. No chances to be promoted no metter how hard you are working or not working

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QC Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - QC Manager in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice to work there. No chances to be promoted no metter how hard you are working or not working

    Cons

    Nice to work there. No chances to be promoted no metter how hard you are working or not working

    Approves of CEO

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